Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Contender Michel Hersen

Patience proved valuable for American Landscape contest Contender Michel Hersen

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Photographer: Michel Hersen

Location: Lake in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington

When did you take this photograph?
Taken on August 12, 2012

Nikon D 300, Nikkor Zoom Lens (18-200mm.), 3 Step Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filter, Gitzo Tripod and Arca-Swiss Head

Describe how you got this photo.
I had been to this location on two previous occasions but the light was not quite right and the sky was gray. My objective was to try again and wait for twilight, alpenglow on Mount Shuksan, and calm waters so that the reflection would be precise. On the evening of this shot I stood patiently while the mosquitoes appeared to have fun at my expense. But I soldiered on and waited both for the light and a few moments of quietude when the wind died down. In the interim, other photographers came and went and then gave up. I guess my tenacity paid off.

Did you use any special techniques?
There were no special techniques used other than the neutral density filter described above.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
This scene of the American Landscape is special to me for a number of reasons. My wife and I are collectors of 19th century American Hudson River School painters and are enamored with how they used luminism in their art. Informed by this school of painting, I approach my photographic art, trying to visualize how these 19th century painters would see the same scene and portray it on canvas. Therefore, in looking photographically at a reflected mountain scene I attempt stylistically and compositionally to visualize the final tableau and make post processing adjustment accordingly. But, the primary focus is on getting the right light and composition in the first place. This scene, then, is most consistent with my interest in light and its reflections.


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